By Sonia RANDEV
FA Cup Fourth Round
Liverpool 2 West Brom 3
A first half full of plenty of action which most won’t forget in a hurry. Roberto Firmino missed a penalty for the reds and due to VAR there was a delay in awarding the Baggies a third goal. Concerns were raised with the new technology splitting the opinions of football fans across the country.
West Brom Manager Alan Pardew spoke to BBC Sport regarding the issue:
"In the stadium, it was bizarre, because we got no evidence of what happened.”
Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup and West Brom is through to the fifth round.
Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0
The Blues ease through to the fifth round after defeating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge earlier today
Cardiff City 0 Man city 2
Man City has now booked a place in the fifth round.
Reading Women hold Arsenal Women to a goalless draw in their FA WSL 1 clash today at Adams Park.
Man City Women maintained their two point lead at the top of the table by beating Sunderland away.
Chelsea Ladies beat Everton Ladies to keep the pressure on Man City Women.
Birmingham City Ladies moved into the top half of the league by seeing of Yeovil Town at home, scoring three goals.
Liverpool Ladies get two pass Bristol City with newly appointed England Women’s head coach Phil Neville watching from the stands.
Delhi Senior Women’s Cricket team win T20 elite super league
Delhi emerged as winners of the tournament with a nine wicket win over Goa who failed to win a single game in the four team super league.
India Cricket Team retain ICC Test Mace
Captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the the mace, which is a symbol of excellence and a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the Test format. Source and photo credit: BCCI
Saturday 3rd October will see the highly anticipated domestic bout between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain. North London and South London will collide as the two cruiserweights will battle it out in a sold out O2 arena. The fight is co promoted by Matchroom boxing and Anthony Joshua who manages the former Olympian Okolie.
Frank warren made an announcement last week stating that the 10th February boxing event at the Copper Box arena has been cancelled due to injuries.
The show was to feature up and coming talent from across the UK with British Asian welterweight boxer Hamzah Sheeraz set to fight in his second professional bout since turning pro last year.
The show has now been moved to the 24th February at the iconic York Hall where Sheeraz is likely to feature on the card.
By Sonia RANDEV
U-19 India Cricket team storm into semi-final showdown against Pakistan
India made a statement by beating Bangladesh by 131 runs to land a tantalising semi-final against arch enemies Pakistan.
The three times Under-19 World Cup champions put on a fine display with Captain Prithvi Shaw winning the toss and opting to bat first. Vice-captain Shubnam Gill was once again in the thick of the runs scoring his third consecutive fifty.
Bangladesh put on a brave fight with Qazi Onik eventually taking Gill out. As they took to the batting field it was only Pinak Ghosh who top scored with 43 for Bangladesh.
As one of the tournament favourites, India just proved too much and will now face Pakistan on Tuesday in Christchurch.
England lose by three wickets to Australia bringing their lead in the ODI series to 3-1
FA Cup Fourth Round: Friday
Sheffield Wednesday 3 Reading 1
Yeovil Town faced Manchester United last night with Alexis Sanchez putting on a fine display in his debut for the Reds. The score ended 4-0 to Manchester United.
FA Cup Fourth Round Results:Today
Leicester 5 Peterborough 1
Southampton 1 Watford 0
Coventry 1 MK dons 0
Hull City 2 Nottm Forest 1
Millwall 2 Rochdale 2
Sheff United 1 Preston 0
Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1
Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1
Notts County 1 Swansea 1
Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham 0
Newport County 1 Tottenham 1
Liverpool v West Brom kick off at 19.45pm tonight
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By Sonia RANDEV
The U-19 India Cricket team have sailed through to the quarter finals setting themselves up for a showdown against Bangladesh on Friday.
After winning comfortably in all three group matches beating the Aussies by 100 runs and Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, India face Bangladesh and if they win they will face Pakistan in what promises to be a juicy semi-final on January 30th.
Skipper Prithvi Shaw and his team will look to continue their winning streak after topping their group. Bangladesh on the other hand started of positively well in the tournament by beating minnows Namibia by 87 runs and Canada by 66 runs. But their luck soon ran out when faced against England losing their final group game by 7 wickets.
It is likely that Bangladesh will face the pressure against a confident Indian side after coming off the back of a loss.
The match will take place at Queenstown event centre in Queenstown, New Zealand. So far all of India’s games have been played at Bay Oval.
India have yet to be tested heading into the knockout stages. Bangladesh emerged as second best in group C.On paper India look firm favourites to win but Bangladesh will look to their all rounder and one of their star players Afif Hossain who already has two fifties to his name. India will also be wary of Towhid Hridoy whose 122 sank Canada. These two could play a pivotal part in upsetting the odds.
Left arm spinner Anukul Roy for India will lead the way having troubled previous opposition with his guile and turn.
Three time champions India will be fresh coming into this fixture having played Zimbabwe last Friday and Bangladesh the same having played England last Thursday.
India will also be looking to seek revenge as they lost to Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur last November.
You can watch the match live on Star Sports 1 HD on Friday from 3am who are the official broadcasters or follow The Indian Express for live updates.
India: Prithvi Shaw (c), Shubman Gill, Manjot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Harvik Desai, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Shiva Singh, Aryan Juyal, Arshdeep Singh, Pankaj Yadav, Aditya Thakare
Bangladesh: Saif Hassan (c), Pinak Ghosh, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Towhid Hridoy, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Rakib, Mahidul Islam Ankon, Shakil Hossain, Robiul Hoque, Nayeem Hasan, Qazi Onik, Roni Hossen, Hasan Mahmud, Tipu SultanRead more
NBA fever hits London town
By Sonia RANDEV
This month saw the NBA hit the O2 arena in spectacular fashion as the Boston Celtics faced the Philadelphia 76ers in front of a packed out venue attracting a host of celebrities and sports stars from around the globe.
An annual event that sits as a firm favorite with fans and now in its eighth NBA season in London did not fail to disappoint.
The 76ers were ahead with a points lead of 49-27, prompting Celtics to come back fighting. Jaylen Brown hit 21 points, Marcus Morris with 19 and former NBA Rookie of the year and NBA Champion with the Cavaliers Kyrie Irving added 20 to the tally.
Australian born Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and JJ Redick all added to the 76ers score card but as the game heated up going into the final quarter the Celtics emerged victorious ending the game with a final score of 114-103.
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By Sonia RANDEV
This week Matchroom boxing announced the highly anticipated world title unification bout between WBO world heavy weight champion Joseph Parker and WBA, IBF and IBO world heavy weight champion Anthony Joshua.
The fight is set to take place on March 31st at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff where the two men will battle it out, putting all belts on the line.
At a press conference earlier this week, Anthony Joshua expressed his desire to a packed media room that adding the WBO title to his collection will pave the way for a showdown with WBC World Heavy Weight Champion Deontay Wilder.
“It’s good to be back, doing what I enjoy. Last time I was out was in Cardiff. It was a great night. I took my time cause I knew I really wanted to set up for a big 2018.I didn’t do nothing spectacular but I made sure I got the win and that was the most important thing. Now we are here and as I said it’s kind of about making history now and we’ve always been moving in that direction so it’s an honour to be up here with another World Champ.”
With Joseph Parker's Promoter causing a stir in the build up to securing this fight, his comments were not taken too lightly by Anthony Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn who questioned David Higgins remarks:
“You can’t say what you’ve been saying and then when you are five feet away from him, let your bum deceive you. You just said that he might have some mental weaknesses but you actually said he is mentally weaker. You don’t do what he has been doing if you are mentally weak. You don’t walk out in front of your home city and win gold at the Olympics. You don’t walk out in front of 80’000, empty your tank, get up of the floor and stop Wladimir Klitschko if you are mentally weak. You also said he has a glass chin, we are going to break his glass chin, don’t tell me, tell him, he’s sat right here.”
Joseph Parker last fought on UK soil in Manchester, defending his belt against Hughie Fury whom many thought had done enough to beat the man from New Zealand.
Speaking to the press,Parker said he is going to train extremely hard for this fight as he has a big challenge in front of him:
“This is going to be the hardest in terms of training and putting the most work in as I have a big challenge in front of me.Joshua, i’ve watched him for a long time and he’s watched me. I know his strengths, mind and weaknesses. Hopefully I’ll catch him on the chin and knock him out.”
Anthony Joshua believes this fight will bring fireworks and be a great fight for the spectators.
“We’ll bring fireworks. It’s going to be good. It will take more than a human to stop me from where I’m destined to be.”
Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker live on Sky Sports Box Office, March 31st at the Principality Stadium – Cardiff.
Expect a big drama show and quite possibly one of Joshua’s hardest battles to overcome on his journey to world heavy weight domination.